Lama Zopa Rinpoche suffers a stroke

by Roger Kunsang, The Buddhist Channel, May 1, 2011

Portland, OR (USA) -- Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche has been admitted to hospital. Medical staff have confirmed that Rinpoche has had a stroke and temporarily lost some of the movement of his right side; his speech is also impaired.

<< Photo of Lama Zopa Rinpoche in hospital (taken April 30, 2011), with great difficulty putting hands in mudra of prostration during extensive offering practice. Photograph by Holly Ansett

The hospital has requested that Rinpoche stay for a few days so that medical staff can monitor him to ensure there are no further complications.

Apart from Rinpoche’s right side and speech being affected, Rinpoche seems in good humor and is doing his prayers in the hospital (an altar has been set up with prayer wheel, thangka and texts).

The main recommended prayer at this time is the Medicine Buddha puja and the mantras of the long life deities such as White Tara and Amitayus.

Centers are requested to organize extensive Medicine Buddha pujas or Medicine Buddha practice with many offerings and to do strong prayers for Rinpoche’s health and long life.

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